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Occupations, Careers, Jobs that pay relatively well without College?

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by bringusingoodale, Apr 1, 2013.

  1. bringusingoodale

    bringusingoodale Distinguished Member

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    Curious what occupations, careers, jobs you have encountered in your life that surprised you (maybe) at how well it pays without College or professional degree.

    I know they exist, and am curious at what you have encountered.

    Long story short: I met some pipe welders the other day who were looking for welding helpers, and they claim to be making about 80 K a year.


    My cousin started a job driving trucks (you know those big rigs), he had to get a job due to some circumstances in his life, just like that, from being a twenty something dicking around in college, he is now making 23 dollars an hour driving a truck interstate... I know this doesn't seem like much to you big timers, but for most young males out there today, this is real money.

    I suspect that many well off people who aren't typical ibankers and pencil pushers working in government are in the trades? What have you seen?
     


  2. Joffrey

    Joffrey Stylish Dinosaur

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    HAve a friend that inspects elevators. I believe he makes close to $100k a year. HE's part of a union and has been in the business around 10 years.
     


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    Crane operator for commercial port (they have a special name but I cannot recall it) 130-150K
    Deep-sea oil rig worker, 120-200K
    Electrician around 80-90K
    Plumber
    Antique furniture restorer
    Cabinet maker
    Definitely high level metal welders (ironworkers)

    Anyone who can make shoes as good as D.Botier, Vass , K Sozuki etc.
     


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    Good friend's father-in-law makes $3-6k/week doing jobs as a welder. Shitty schedule though. Gone for 1-3 months at a time on jobs. (paid cash for 2 new diesel F250s for him and his wife)

    You don't technically need a degree for a lot of aviation jobs, but the initial investment into the aviation field is quite large compared to something like welding/electrician training/certification.

    Oh and my dad's friend inspects furnaces and apparently makes bank doing that.
     
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  5. FunLovinStyle

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    Where I live, day care providers for kids charge $1200 a month, and they watch about 10 kids, so figure $12,000 a month. These are home-based businesses so they can write off a portion of their mortgages. They have one or two additional employees who probably don't get paid much. If you can deal with the screaming and diaper changes, I think you could clear 100k a year. You work at home; your hours are standard 9-5ish business hours. Not a bad deal for essentially zero investment. Most college graduates don't earn that much in their peak years.
     
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    YMMV (by state, especially) but consider the regulation and insurance / liability aggravations, as well as subsidies where applicable. For some it's a very hard way to make a few bucks.
     
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    Some (but not most) waiter's jobs fit this bill. I work about 28 hours a week (4 nights) and make about 60K. Considering the low hours and relatively low stress of the work (not a job where you take home work stress), it pays well. The hours are not 9-5, but to me 4-11 or 5-12 feels really natural - I can get everything I need to done before work, I go to work, then I go right to bed. It's not great for your relationships though, if your SO works a 9-5.
     


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    This. A family friend consults for oil companies and told me he could get me a job making up to $175k a year right out of college (depending on hours, fluctuations in hazard pay, etc) off the West Coast of Australia. Obviously, however, the education wasn't a prerequisite or even considered when we spoke.

    While it sounds sweet the schedule was 3-weeks on, 1-week off with a minimum contract of 2 years. Plus you're in the middle of the ocean with Perth being the closest city. I'm too interested in drinking, socializing and gaining office-applicable experience in my early 20s to make the sacrifice. However, for the right person with the right connections...
     


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    If you get me in touch with this family friend of yours I will give you a finders fee of $5,000.

    I am dead serious. I'm finishing up my Bachelors this semester. Conventional life style does not apply to me, and I have been researching Oil Rig jobs like nothing else.
     


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    What do you consider good pay in the area you live in?
    A warehouse general manager for a manufacturing company. We pay our guy $80,000 a year. My brother in law in Colorado Springs is making about $90,000 as a foreman in construction. Some managing associations (not sure of the real term) will let you move up to CEO without college if you have enough experience. My mother only has a high school education and is pulling 150,000 working for a realtors association.
     


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    $80+ without student loans in any city is good pay.
     


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    I know it's sink or swim, but sales often fits this description. Many sales positions don't specifically require education, and they can lead to some pretty good earnings.
     


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    #1 is sales, but you have to be good at it. Skilled tradesmen, especially in union friendly states.
     


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    Ya .. lots of guys around here can definitely earn in the 7 figures without any college by starting off as a roughneck and getting into rig sales. Times are tough now, but a few guys I know doing it are still earning 6 figures.
     


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    A lot of these are hit or miss, you usually have to be really good and specialize in something. A lot of welders I know only make $14/hr and I know some electricians that can't even find work and are working at a dental lab.

    Being a railroad conductor is a lucrative career, but the job is stressful, pretty terrible home life too. You could probably find a job as a floorhand on an oil rig as well.
     
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